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Old 01-25-2011, 11:22 AM   #1
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Convert mkv and avi to mov


I want to convert .mkv and .avi video to Apple's QuickTime .mov format with h264/avc video and aac mpeg4 audio.

What is best way to do it?

Old 01-25-2011, 11:31 AM   #2
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have you tried converting with vlc?
Old 01-25-2011, 12:29 PM   #3
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I would use ffmpeg or mencoder.
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If you want a GUI tool, try Transmageddon.
Old 01-27-2011, 06:26 AM   #5
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I want to use my Kodak Zi8 camcorder as a portable media player, so I can watch my edited videos on tv over HDMI.

I was able to convert avi and mkv to h264+aac quicktime mov with VLC and Transmaggedon, but these files didn't play on my camcorder.
Videos witch is converted with the ArcSoft Kodak Impression video editing software that came with my camera, play well.

I did a little research and find out that the Kodak Zi8 records and plays Ambarella's h264/AVC and Ambarella's MPEG4 AAC quicktime mov files.

Mediainfo video information from a sample video.
Complete name                    : 147_0211.MOV
Format                           : MPEG-4
Format profile                   : QuickTime
Codec ID                         : qt  
File size                        : 22.3 MiB
Duration                         : 11s 712ms
Overall bit rate                 : 16.0 Mbps
Movie name/More                  : KODAK Zi8 Pocket Video Camera
Encoded date                     : UTC 2011-01-06 13:41:44
Tagged date                      : UTC 2011-01-06 13:41:44
Origin                           : Digital Camera
AMBA                             : 

ID                               : 1
Format                           : AVC
Format/Info                      : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile                   : Main@L4.2
Format settings, CABAC           : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames        : 4 frames
Format settings, GOP             : M=3, N=15
Codec ID                         : avc1
Codec ID/Info                    : Advanced Video Coding
Duration                         : 11s 712ms
Bit rate mode                    : Variable
Bit rate                         : 15.8 Mbps
Maximum bit rate                 : 17.7 Mbps
Width                            : 1 920 pixels
Height                           : 1 080 pixels
Display aspect ratio             : 16:9
Frame rate mode                  : Constant
Frame rate                       : 29.970 fps
Color space                      : YUV
Chroma subsampling               : 4:2:0
Bit depth                        : 8 bits
Scan type                        : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)               : 0.255
Stream size                      : 22.1 MiB (99%)
Title                            : Ambarella AVC / Ambarella AVC
Language                         : English
Encoded date                     : UTC 2011-01-06 13:41:44
Tagged date                      : UTC 2011-01-06 13:41:44

ID                               : 2
Format                           : AAC
Format/Info                      : Advanced Audio Codec
Format profile                   : LC
Codec ID                         : 40
Duration                         : 11s 562ms
Bit rate mode                    : Constant
Bit rate                         : 128 Kbps
Channel(s)                       : 2 channels
Channel positions                : Front: L R
Sampling rate                    : 48.0 KHz
Compression mode                 : Lossy
Stream size                      : 181 KiB (1%)
Title                            : Ambarella AAC / Ambarella AAC
Language                         : English
Encoded date                     : UTC 2011-01-06 13:41:44
Tagged date                      : UTC 2011-01-06 13:41:44
Is it possible to convert files on Ubuntu using Ambarella's codecs?
Old 06-26-2014, 07:32 AM   #6
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I used to use a little piece of software called Faasoft Video Converter to convert AVI files to mov, happy with it.


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